Welcome to our new Outrigger Team page!!

Quetzalcoatl Dragon Boat Team is now an Outrigger Team!
We're very excited for this new adventure and opportunity to explore the world of outrigger canoe!

2012 Sponsors:
Oregon Photo Safaris (this website)
Macadam's Bar & Grill www.macadamsbarandgrill.com

2012 Local Outrigger Race Events

June 2 - CROCC, Fairview OR

June 30 - Rooster Rock Race, Corbett OR

July 21&22 - The Gorge, Stevenson WA
trying to find a website!





The Quetzal bird is one of the most beautiful of all birds. Coatl is the Aztec word for snake. Together they make for one beautiful but vicious opponent.

Quetzal bird images

Our team name is "Quetzalcoatl" after the Aztec god. Quetzalcoatl literally means "Feathered-Serpent." I used an actual drawing from an Aztec Codex (bible). The Codex Telleriano-Remensis, produced in sixteenth century Mexico and printed on European paper, is one of the finest surviving examples of Aztec manuscript painting. Its Latinized name comes from Charles-Maurice Le Tellier, archbishop of Reims, who had possession of the manuscript in the late 17th century. This is an iconic image of Central American Art, instantly recognizable the world over. I added the paddle!

The Feathered Serpent iconography was widely used across Meso-America by Mayans, Aztecs, etc. In K'iche' Mayan "feathered-serpent" is pronounced "Kukulkan." Quetzalcoatl is more widely known especially since the national bird of Guatemala is the Quetzal bird, the bird is featured on Guatemala's flag, Birdette on "It's a Big Big World" on OPB is a Quetzal bird, and the teacher's name on "Dragon Tales" on OPB is Quetzal (Ashton watches a lot of OPB every morning so I get to hear all about it).

I was an archaeologist for two years specializing in Mayan Hieroglyphs. I spent a lot of time traveling around the jungles of Central America working as an Archaeologist and Epigrapher. This name means a lot to me so I'm glad the team voted in favor of it. We're going to make the great god Quetzalcoatl proud.

Rock Chalk Chant
Listen to the Rock Chalk Chant

Our chant is derived from the University of Kansas' world famous Rock Chalk chant. KU's world famous Rock Chalk Chant evolved from a cheer that a chemistry professor, E.H.S. Bailey, created for the KU science club in 1886.

Bailey's version was "Rah, Rah, Jayhawk, KU" repeated three times. The rahs were later replaced by "Rock Chalk," a transposition of chalk rock, the name for the limestone outcropping found on Mount Oread, site of the Lawrence campus.

The cheer became known worldwide. Teddy Roosevelt pronounced it the greatest college chant he'd ever heard. Legend has it that troops used the chant when fighting in the Philippines in 1899, in the Boxer Rebellion in China, and in World War II. At the Olympic games in 1920, the King of Belgium asked for a typical American college yell. The assembled athletes agreed on KU's Rock Chalk and rendered it for His Majesty.

We adopted the chant and changed the lyrics to "Quetzalcoatl" for two reasons: KU is Dwon's alma matter, and it sounds kind of creepy which is the way an Aztec fight song should sound.

Oregon Photo Safaris is not legally responsible for team Quetzalcoatl, its team members, board of directors, or any person affiliated with the team or Dragon Sports USA. The team is its own entity to which we are proud to give our support.
Oregon Photo Safaris is a sponsor of the team, providing services to the team including this web site.

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